We haven't been talking much about fish here recently, but we can't resist this Moody Aquarium Sink. Well, due to the price we will actually have to resist it, but we love the look, a washbasin doubling as a lighted fish aquarium. Stunning!
Here's an innovative way to make one job more tolerable for all you dog lovers out there. No more carrying around messy plastic bags through an entire dog walk. Nothing worse than running into someone you know, stopping to talk with a gross poop bag on your arm.
Dog Poo Bags are much more hygienic and more fun, since they come in 8 different colorful design styles with humorous sayings. Each Poo Bag has its own scoop--once it is used just plop the mess and scoop in the bag, seal it up and dispose. Need it again on the walk? The one-size-fits-all Dog Poo Bags come in packs of 16, so bring a few along. Poo happens, so be prepared!
Not only are dogs pack animals, we humans are as well. TV personalities are jumping on the pet food and products bandwagon this summer. Earlier this month we wrote about Cesar Millan's Dog Whisperer™ new line of pet products (available at Amazon), and now Rachel Ray has joined the pack. Rachael's proceeds from the sales of Nutrish for Pets will go to organizations such as those listed on her Rachel's Rescue site @ http://www.rachaelsrescue.org
Rachael Ray Nutrish includes two varieties of all natural dog food featuring real meat as the first ingredient -- Real Chicken and Veggies and Real Beef and Brown Rice. There are no by-products, fillers, artificial flavors or preservatives; and each recipe contains:
-- Antioxidant nutrients like vitamin E and selenium to support a healthy
-- A healthy fiber blend including oatmeal for easy digestion
-- Omega Fatty Acids, with a dash of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to
support healthy skin and a shiny coat
-- High quality proteins to support healthy organs and lean muscle mass
-- Calcium for strong bones and healthy teeth
Where To Buy: Rachael Ray Nutrish is carried almost everywhere you shop for the rest of your family's meals. For more info, visit http://www.nutrishforpets.com
Right now you probably just get your pet's drugs from your vet. You may be surprised to see how they are marking up the drug prices and how much you can save by going to a legitimate online pet pharmacy.
I found this out when my vet said my dog Jolly needed an iron supplement he would order. I waited days for him to get the $40 bottle in. Then I found it online for $10, no prescription needed.
Some old-fashioned vets don't have a huge mark-up on prescriptions or even prefer writing prescriptions to stocking medicines. But for many cash-strapped vets it's a big way to make money. That may seem like a conflict of interest -- and it's why people doctors can't sell prescriptions.
Just last month the vet business journal Veterinary Economics had a story "Six Tips to Rev Up Refills and Revenues." They've consistently advised vets to have a big markup on prescriptions and to charge a dispensing fee. They advise a minimum dispensing fee of about $20 and then at least doubling the actual cost of the drug. Vet consultants generally recommend that the rarer the drug, the bigger the markup.
According to Wallet Pop, the biggest online pharmacy player is 1800PetMeds, and their favorite (and hugely popular) is:
My favorite is the largest online pet catalog in the United States, Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Licensed Pharmacy. They're becoming a major player in online pet drugs. Two Wisconsin veterinarians, Dr. Rory Foster and Dr. Marty Smith, founded the company in 1983. I talked to them and they explained that a human pharmacist dispenses drugs and follows all the rules that human pharmacies do: he accepts calls or faxes from the vet or an original prescription, but no copies or faxes from the owner.
They also offer Prescription Compounding and will work with you and your veterinarian to find the most effective formula for your pets needs and tastes.
Compounding can allow your veterinarian to:
* Create alternative dosage forms
* Change dosages & strengths
* Combine drugs or customize formulation
* Compound discontinued drugs
* Add species-specific flavors
Here is a short list of well-known sites for some super cool deals on pet meds online:
Whether you view the animals you live with as pets, loved ones, children or pack leaders, this is a scary trend. MSNBC reports that "some dognappers are stealing pets for quick profit...It's not just dogs who are stolen, although they're the most common targets. Cats are at risk too." From the MSNBC.com, Pet thefts rise as economy hits dog-gone low, ways to protect against pet theft:
Don't leave your dog alone in your yard for long periods, especially if it's visible from the street.
If strangers approach you with admiring comments about your dog, don't share information about his cost or where you live.
Report a theft to police and animal control as soon as it happens.
Keep a current photo of your pet so you can make flyers or posters immediately and post the photo on Web sites.
If possible, hold back some kind of descriptive information about your pet so you can sort out crank calls from serious ones.
Microchip your dogs and cats, and keep microchip registration information up to date so shelters and veterinarians can contact you if your pet is found. A microchip also serves as proof that an animal belongs to you.
A tattoo on the inner thigh is a permanent way of identifying your dog if the tattoo is registered with a tracking organization such as National Dog Registry.
Consider GPS for your pet. New GPS collars allow owners to set up a safety zone. If the pet strays beyond it, an alert goes out e-mail and text message. The collars have potential for tracking missing dogs, but they're expensive at $129.99 and up, and they can be removed by someone who finds the dog and decides to keep it.
Not only has the economy hit a new "dog-gone low", Americans have too, if this is the way they deal.
On steamy days, we can't help but wonder if our pets are cool enough.
When your dog is hot, it cools and when your dog is wet, it dries. -- We love versatile products and these Cool N DryTowels fit the bill. The Cool N Dry Towel is a lightweight sponge towel that can be used in your pet's crate or even draped over your dog to help keep him/her cool.
To use--soak the towel in cool water, wring it out, and place the dimpled side for cooling over your dog. You can also use it to dry your dog off after romps in the morning dew, baths, and swims. Follow the same procedure--wet the towel, wring out the excess water, and then use the smooth side to dry off your dog.
"The coolest dogs use Chillybuddy" -- Another way to keep your buddy super cool is the field-tested, light-weight mesh Chillybuddy Dog Cooling Jacket. It is designed to lower coat temperature and provide protection from direct sunlight, particularly beneficial for light-skinned dogs. The Chillybuddy Dog Cooling Jacket may reduce sunburn and prevent sun bleaching.
New book releases at Amazon in the past few weeks. Mainly dogs at this time, though new cat books are in the pipeline to be released soon.
The Well-Adjusted Dog: Dr. Dodman's Seven Steps to Lifelong Health and Happiness for Your Best Friend
by Nicholas H. Dodman
Publication Date: July 9, 2008
From a world-renowned animal behaviorist and leading authority in the veterinary field comes this comprehensive, holistic seven-step approach to caring for your adult dog, including health, behavior, and environment. In this essential new book, Dodman draws on some twenty-five years of clinical experience to bring together the art--and science--of dog ownership.
Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food
by Ann N. Martin
Publication Date: July 23, 2008
The commercial pet food industry has a secret to hide -- and Ann Martin wants to make sure you know it. Her research reveals some startling facts: that the pet food industry conducts animal testing in order to improve their product, and includes euthanized cats and dogs in the mix to heighten protein content. In this revised and updated edition, Martin continues to explore the shocking processes by which commercial pet foods are produced. She offers alternative recipes for feeding pets, nutritional advice, and an exploration of "Pet Peeves," in which she explores several scams aimed at pet owners.
Play With Your Dog (Dogwise Training Manual)
by Pat Miller (Author)
Publication Date: July 2008
In her newest book, Pat Miller explores the role and benefits of play between you and your dog - and between dogs. Play behaviors have important learning and health benefits that help dogs become well-adjusted members of both their canine and human families. Pat includes dozens of game ideas collected from trainers all over the country you can try out with your dog(s).
A Dog Who's Always Welcome: Assistance and Therapy Dog Trainers Teach You How to Socialize and Train Your Companion Dog
by Lorie Long
Publication Date: July 21, 2008
If you're like most dog owners, you want a trustworthy companion you can take on family vacations, to ball games, on hikes, and to cafes and festivals. You want your dog to behave when you have guests, stay peacefully at hotels, ride calmly in elevators, and maintain proper doggie decorum in all kinds of situations.Chances are, you've watched and admired assistance and therapy dogs who are attentive to their owners' needs no matter what. This book taps into the secrets of assistance and therapy dog trainers and shows you how to use focused foundation socialization training to make sure your dog is well behaved--even in unfamiliar environments loaded with distractions and temptations.
Here is our weekly update on seasonal sales and discounts from some of our favorite super cool pet shops. If you are having a sale of your own, or know of a good one, send an email to news@supercoolpets.
A luxury designer pet bed for the modern pampered pet. The Scan modern dog bed is equipped with a micro-suede reversible cover that gives you two beds in one. Available in many colors as you update your decor. Stay in with the latest trend. Features:
* Ultra modern clear acrylic base.
* Genuine leather or premium vinyl side panels
* Micro-suede removable/reversible cover.
* Machine-washable covers can put on and off in seconds.
The bed has a water-resistant fabric base that can be wiped clean and inhibits odors from permeating the underlying high quality foam. Scan
Totes are a must-have when you go anywhere these days, especially with your doggy. Personalize your dog supply tote and get a matching personalized collar for your dog. The Personalized Tote Bag and Matching Collar gives you and your dog an attractive coordinated look and at the same time your dog is protected with ID.
The canvas tote bag and the collar are personalized using a digital dye technique that permanently bonds both the design and your dog's name/telephone number to the fabric. Washable. Gift idea!
Special day today here at Super Cool Pets. Our girls are turning five. Carrot cake baked in a special bone-shaped non-stick cake pan and toffee ice cream all around. No chocolate, not good for doggies. The girls get very excited when the birthday candles are lit and sing along to "Happy Birthday" before they get their cake and ice cream.
This 5 in 1 Pet Gear I-GO2 pet carrier is an easy way to travel with your pets, whether walking, hiking, airports, cars. The I-Go 2 Traveler is suitable for pets up to 15 lbs. This carrier has versatile features--can be used as wheeled carrier, shoulder bag, backpack, pet car seat and hand carryall
Approved as a carry-on for most airlines
Durable nylon material and PVC mesh
Front opening and two self-fastening pockets on both sides
Includes covered wheels to protect clothing and car interior from wet or dirty wheels
If you are finding that you are spending a nice chunk of your hard-earned dollars on pet care, you are not alone. According to the Dallas Morning News:
...owners are expected to spend a record $43 billion on their pets this year, $2 billion more than last year, according to a survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.
About 67 percent of U.S. households own a pet, and chances are they spend half their pet costs on vet visits and over-the-counter medicine, the survey said.
Whereas a new toy for our pets may be optional, medical care is a necessity and it isn't getting any cheaper. The Dallas News article recommends pet insurance, as does WP's Taming Costly Vet Bills:
If your cat comes down with pneumonia, the bill could run $1,900. Cancer therapy for a dog averages nearly $3,600. James Busby, veterinarian and author of How to Afford Veterinary Care Without Mortgaging the Kids recommends that pet owners ask upfront about all treatment options and costs, including for routine care. For example, many vets vaccinate dogs every year. But according to an American Animal Hospital Association study, adult dogs need most shots only once every three years.
The typical insurance premium for a dog is about $40 per month -- that's $5,280 if a dog lives 11 years, the average canine life span in the United States. Policies usually cover illness and accidents, although some insurers provide only accident protection. A few policies cover preventive care, such as regular checkups and vaccines.
Payouts depend on the insurer, but it's common for companies to foot 80 percent of the bill. To compare the benefits, co-payments and deductibles of major pet insurers, go to http://www.petinsurancereview.com.
Let your cat play way up high where s/he always wants to be anyway. With Crazy Cat Wall Climbing Systems you can create your own special design that works for your cat and with your decor. Choose from carpeted corner condos, tubes, cradles, wall shelves and pockets.
The Pet Contour Tool bends and flexes to clean up stubborn dirt and hair stuck in tough-to-reach areas such as stairs, along armrests, and other curved surfaces. The Pet Hair Turbo brush combines a rotating brush with special rubber fingers that attract and pick up pet hair.
Upright bagless vacuum cleaner with powerful 12 amp motor
2-stage cyclonic action provides superior suction for removing dirt and pet hair
In our seemingly dog-eat-dog world (ha-ha), there are still a lot of people out there doing good things. One wine company, Cru Vin Dogs, "combines great wine, fine art, special dogs and worthy canine-related causes."
A minimum of 10% of their sales revenue on all wines, art, and merchandise is split between their charitable partners: Canine Companions for Independence and the Morris Animal Foundation's Cure Canine Cancer Campaign.
They say it best:
Cru Vin Dogs isn't your ordinary wine company. We exist to combine our passions--friendship, wine, art, and our love of dogs and worthy causes--into a wine brand with a purpose. Wine that gives back. Wine that makes a difference.
Here is our weekly update on seasonal sales and discounts from some of our favorite super cool pet shops. If you are having a sale of your own, or know of a good one, send an email to news@supercoolpets.
Showtimes of the just-released Batman movie, "The Dark Knight" are selling out nationwide and the movie, especially Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker, is getting rave reviews. If you and your pet are Batman fans, dress accordingly!
Recently here at Super Cool Pets we featured the Doggles Comfort Pal Heartbeat Pillow for puppies and kittens. Soothing toys are really helpful to focus and calm your pet in stressful situations such as travel, trips to the veterinarian or groomer, illness or other times. Chewing toys speak for themselves--who hasn't lost a pair of shoes to a chewing pet!
Some cute Pet Safe toys for the new member of your family:
These Euro-style Dog Breed Bumper Stickers are a great way to show your allegiance to your dog's breed. Create your own fun phrase, add your dog's name, and choose from 72 dog breed silhouettes. Woo Hoo!!
The ABO Gear Pet PacSac Bed in a Bag is a year-round quilted bed, reversible with micro suede and polar fleece. Your pet will stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Use this bed at home, perhaps as a crate liner, and for travel in the back of SUV or wagon. Features:
* Great for travel
* 2 Sided quilted bed in a bag
* Machine washable
* For use at home and on the road
* Extra roomy 48" X 36"
* Reversible bed with micro suede and performance fleece
* Warm in the winter and cool in the summer
From the Pets Need Dental Care, Too web site:"Without proper dental care, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three." It is best to start dental care when your pets are kittens and puppies. Here are some products that can keep your pets' teeth and gum healthy:
Videos of this dog brought on laughter and tears, including, but not limited to, those of us who share our lives with Goldens. Rookie, the master of the "Canine Freestyle" left this world Monday, after an illness, at age 15.
This dog truly "exemplified the spirit of the human/canine bond."
If you shrink from the task of clipping your pets claws, you are not alone. Pets are wary, and it is way too easy to inflict pain and injury. The Dremel 761-03 Cordless Pet Nail Grooming Rotary Tool provides a fast, easy and safe way to trim your pet's nails through the rotary action of the tool. Features:
Cordless pet nail grooming kit
Two speeds 7,000 and 14,000 rpm to match the proper speed required
Runs on AA alkaline batteries -- eliminates the battery charger
Today we seem to be all about pet bowls at Super Cool Pets. We found the Ecothermic Pet Food Bowl that allows you to regulate the temp of your pet's food or water. Fill the lower part of the bowl with with hot water to warm food or with ice to keep drinking water cool. Comes in blue, orange, purple, black, red and green. Small, Medium and Large.
Pack-and-Go Dish is billed as the ultimate pet watering bowl for traveling, hiking or just on-the go and we see why. This pet watering/feeding bowl folds up small enough to stuff in your pocket.
When you want to feed or water your pet, just unfold it. It will take on the shape of a pet bowl, or you can flip the sides up and use it as a small bucket. Made from silicone so it won't wear out. Holds 1 quart.
If you have a persistent flea control problem in your home, on July 19, 2008 a new product will be available for distribution nation wide. The Orville Pet High-Tech Flea Trap is a safe, light, cordless device designed to get rid of the fleas in your home overnight. The High-Tech Flea Trap uses no chemicals to harm our increasingly fragile environment.
The High-Tech Flea Trap shines a light which attracts the fleas who are then caught by the sticky pad in the trap. To use, unfold the High-Tech Flea Trap, turn the trap on, and leave it in a room overnight to clear it of fleas.
Protect your pup from the sun's heat and harmful rays. With the Dog Sun Umbrella no need to worry whether your pet has a a cool and safe spot to veg out in the shade.
The umbrella can be used anywhere and is equipped with an integrated swivel tie-out stake if you need to secure your pet. Your dog's lead won't become tangled in the umbrella. Add a functional Ultimate Outdoor Dog Bed where your pet can relax!
Help keep your pets super cool! MistyMate Outdoor Patio Mist Cooling System hooks up to your hose or spigot and provides a refreshing mist for your pets. Great for dog houses, pet runs, horse stables, reptile enclosures, rabbit pens, bird cages or any play area for your pet.
The New York Times Magazine 7/13/08 has an article Pill Popping Pets about psychiatric intervention in pets and the practice of prescribing medications designed for humans to animals.
...scientists in an expanding field known as behavioral pharmacology say that the combination of new drug therapies and progressive training techniques can solve problems that in the past almost always resulted in euthanasia. The supposed effectiveness of psychiatric medicines in treating mood and behavior issues is prompting new questions in the centuries-old debate over what, exactly, separates mankind from the beasts. If the strict Cartesian view were true -- that animals are essentially flesh-and-blood automatons, lacking anything resembling human emotion, memory and consciousness -- then why do animals develop mental illnesses that eerily resemble human ones and that respond to the same medications? What can behavioral pharmacology teach us about animal minds and, ultimately, our own?
If animal behavior and psychology interests you, this is a fascinating article, one to read carefully and at your leisure.
Of course there is nothing you would rather do than wash your cat. It is best to start when they are little kittens, so that's their reality. If your cat will stand for a tub bath, here is Shaggy Cat Shampoo you both will love.
Shaggy Cat Shampoo is a natural, two-in-one shampoo and conditioner that smoothes and detangles with Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera Gel. Reduces shedding, dander and matting.
If your cat detests water baths or if you just want a quick, convenient way to clean your cat between regular baths, two things to try:
Doggles Comfort Pal Heartbeat Pillow are soft, plush, cuddly toys to soothe your puppy. The pillow has a realistic mother's heartbeat that your little newbie can hear and feel. Will also help pets suffering from separation anxiety or home alone.
Diamond confirmed that some dogs are born swimmers. It's a good bet if the dog's breed includes the word "water," as in Portuguese or English water spaniel, it takes to swimming like a nursery-schooler takes to finger-painting. For owners of those breeds, the problem isn't getting the dog into the water, but keeping it on dry land.
But other breeds aren't as water-friendly. Some dogs have to be taught to swim, Diamond said, and others, like bulldogs, take to the water like submarines take to the Cross Bronx Expressway. For the former, there is hope. For the latter, there are those bright orange canine flotation devices.
Among the dogs that swim naturally and gladly, she said, are water spaniels, setters, retrievers, Barbets, akitas, Kerry blue terriers, poodles and Hungarian pulis.
Among those that can't swim at all or swim only with great difficulty are basset hounds, bulldogs, dachshunds, pugs, corgis, Scottish and Boston terriers and greyhounds.
To be on the safe side, fit your pet with a Life Jacket (Amazon has a supply), especially out in the open water. If your dog swims in a pool or off the boat, a Skamper Ramp is a great help to get him/her out of the pool. Also worth strong consideration is a Pool Safety Alarm.
Here is yet another super cool automatic waterer for your pet. Sir Aqua is a self-watering 1.8 gallon stainless steel water dish which attaches to any garden hose. Ideal for your cat, dog, sheep, goat or other animal. Provides consistent water for your pet and will not overflow.
No need to worry if your pets have enough water out there! Sir Aqua
Pet owners love their pets, but not so much the odors and hair they leave behind. Keeping fur and smells under control can be a constant battle. The Eureka Boss 4D Upright Vacuum has been designed to tackle these two issues.
An electronic on/off brushroll with five height adjustments to accommodate every flooring surface
An extra-wide 15-inch cleaning path for faster cleaning
Odor- eliminating power of Arm & Hammer's Pet Fresh to build a sealed HEPA system that eliminates odors safely and naturally while capturing 99.97 percent of small allergy-inducing particles
A Power Paw turbo brush and on-board tools that let you clean stairs, upholstery and pet hair
An electrostatic telescopic self-cleaning duster that extends up to three feet to attract pet hair and dust like a magnet, makes furniture, miniblinds and ceiling fans like new
Everyone loves ice cream, even our pets. Maybe human ice cream is a little rich for them, so here is a doggy version. Next time we indulge in ice cream, we will treat our dogs to Frosty Paws® Frozen Treats for Dogs.
Convenient for everyone--they are available in many supermarkets, so it's easy to keep a supply in your freezer. And relatively healthy--fortified with protein, vitamins and minerals that dogs need and no added sugar, artificial flavors or colors.
Great for doggy birthdays or any time you are celebrating!
Attractive super Cool Bed III to provide your pet with a comfy, dry, and cool place to relax. Requires no electricity, just add water. For indoor and outdoor use. Cool Bed Fitted and Bolster sheets sold separately.
The Portable, Collapsible Dog Bathtub lets you clean up your dog anywhere, anytime.and leave the mess outside. This convenient outdoor dog bath tub opens up easily and collapses for storage. Tub drains quickly through a spigot. Rrinse off with a garden hose. In blue with carry handles.
New book releases at Amazon in the past few weeks:
Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned
by Cathy Scott
Publication Date: June 16, 2008
includes nearly 200 heroic rescues, heartwarming reunions, and stories of selfless efforts of strangers brought together by a disaster to save animals at the Best Friends Animal Society triage center because their owners were unable to. The stories and photos included in this book will bring the experience of pet victims to life for the reader.
A Soldier's Best Friend: Scout Dogs and Their Handlers in the Vietnam War
by John C Burnam
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Burnam is a man with a mission: to garner recognition for the 4,000 dogs and their 10,000 or so handlers who served in the Vietnam War. Burnam was one of the latter; his instructive book is a combination war memoir, a history of the use of American war dog teams in Vietnam and a plea for the construction of a National War Dog Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Next time you sit down to a latte or cappuccino, have your doggy join you. Doggy Java Combo Gift Pack has everything you need for a coffee klatch with your pet. And it's healthy too -- not a coffee drink.
You get a Doggy Java Cappuccino Cup:
a yummy Doggy Java Nutritional Vitamin Treat drink (approx. a 30-day supply):
and Bonescotti Biscuits for dunking. These all-natural biscuits will help massage gums and clean teeth:
And -- a portion of each Doggy Java sale will be donated to the following charities: University of Colorado for Animal Cancer Research and New Orleans Katrina Animal Rescue.
San Remo Solar Fountain Birdbath has an eye-catching water fountain to attract birds and discourage mosquitoes and algae buildup. It is designed for indoor or outdoor use and must be placed in direct sunlight in order for pump to work. No energy costs or power cords.
Protect your pets from Independence Day festivities -- Celebrating the Fourth of July is great fun, but for our pets it can be devastating, according to the Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, which has several suggestions to keep companion animals safe and happy during this often loud holiday.
No more indoor accidents with WizDog Indoor Dog Potty! If you are housebreaking, have an older, incontinent dog or just one who won't go out in the rain or snow, this is for you.
WizDog Indoor Dog Potty consists of a durable plastic pan and a fitted grate. When you pet does his/her business, the liquid waste dispenses through the grate onto newspaper or a pee pad, which is separated from your dog's paws. Solid waste stays on top of the grate, so you never have to touch it. Just flip the grate, and it's gone.
No more wet paw tracks throughout your house, ripped newspapers or refills. No worries if you are caught in traffic or sleep late.
It is built from solid eucalyptus, a wood that rivals teak in terms of durability. All four sides and the door are slatted.Theslatted floor allows for quick water drainage. in stained, white, green. For dogs 30 to 50 lbs.
Heavy-duty Hyper Dog Pooch Post will stay put even with the largest dogs. We are all familiar with dogs wrapping themselves around stakes and not being able to move.
If and when it becomes necessary to tie up your dog outside, the heavy duty Hyper Dog Pooch Post 360-degree swivel head allows your dog to move freely without getting all tangled up. You can set it up and leave it--when it's time to mow the grass just remove the swivel head.